Largest wildfire on record in California, that killed 18, finally contained

The Thomas Fire as Seen From Around Southern California

A cause has not yet been determined. Two people were killed in connection to the fire.

The Los Padres National Forest is closed to the public within the Thomas Fire perimeter and level three restrictions are in place for the rest of the forest.

The Thomas Fire was unusual. He died with his wife of more than 50 years, Alice. The Thomas Fire sparked December 4 and has burned 21,893 acres, making it the largest wildfire in California state history. More than 1,000 buildings, including many homes, were incinerated and thousands of people were forced to flee.

The Montecito region near Santa Barbara, a wealthy area and other celebrities, was particularly badly hit.

Cascades of mud, boulders, trees and other debris inundated the community, destroying at least 100 homes. Some of those that were unaccounted for have been located, said Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown.

On Friday, officials warned about the potential for additional mudslides, noting that the risk of flooding is high until vegetation returns ― which could take five years.

In the weeks since the deadly fire, the U.S. Geological Survey studied the burn area to determine its vulnerability to flash floods, mudslides and debris flows.

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